What’s it like to live on Campus?

Living in residence is one of the coolest things you can do while studying at uni. With over 1000 residents in the Melbourne campus, there is a lot to do and heaps of people to meet. I live in Chisholm College and I’ve really loved every minute of it. Being far away from home is very difficult, but living in residence really made the change a whole lot easier. Accommodation Services at La Trobe really ensures a smooth transition into university life

There are three colleges inside the Melbourne campus: Chisholm College, Menzies College and Glenn College. They are all single bedrooms with shared bathrooms and kitchens. They have amazing facilities like pool and table tennis tables, cinema room and computer rooms. Menzies has a fitness center and Glenn has dinning hall serving breakfast and dinner 7 days a week. There are also residences just outside campus: Barnes Way and Waterdale Apartments. These are flats that you can share with some friends if you find a group that wants to live together.

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Menzies College

Living in res is an awesome experience altogether, and these are some of the things that I like the most about it:

Convenience

Let’s face it: waking up 10 mins before class and still arrive on time is the dream of all uni students. Being so close to your classrooms really allows a lot of flexibility in your life. You can wake up, go to class, then go back and have lunch or take a nap, then go back to class and so on.

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When living in residence, you’ll probably have to do some grocery shopping eventually. But there’s no problem in that, you can just catch the Glider and shop for the week in Polaris, a shopping center very close to uni. It couldn’t be easier, really. You also have computer labs on each college available for study. You can logon to these computers with your regular student id and password, and they also have printers available. These printers also have the cheapest price on all of campus!

Social aspect

You will be living with a lot of people, and you will probably find some that share the same interests as you, and you’ll find them very quickly. Really, making friends in res is very very easy. Just by living there you will always be surrounded by cool people. There is also a lot of partying and night-life related activities.

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Accommodation services often organize different activities for our entertainment as well. Some of these activities include movie screenings (with lots of free pizza), residential balls and competitions. My favorite competition is Tower Parades, where each tower of Chisholm College have to put together a dance according to a theme. They compete for awesome prizes and there’s more free pizza. It is a really fun event!

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Sports competitions are also available for residents to participate in. Throughout the two semesters of the year, each college has to put together teams of volleyball, soccer, basketball, AFL and many more, and compete against each other. At the end of the year, one final champion is proclaimed.

Academic Support

Accommodation Services have a range of support methods to help first year students transition easily into university. You can book an appointment with their Academic Excellence Coordinator so they can help you with your academic performance, track your progress and help you improve.

They also have group study sessions. They pair you up with people that are studying the same course as you, or a related one. Then, once a week, with the help of an RA, you can take any doubts you have and try to sort them out as a group. Textbooks are also available for you to borrow, in case the one you need is not available in the library.

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Other perks

As a uni resident, you have the opportunity to go on very cheap trips throughout Melbourne and Victoria with the residential Outbound program. You can go on trips at massively (yes, massively) discounted prices. This is a really good option you have to get to know your surroundings a little bit better, specially if you an international student. Some of the trips are to the Great Ocean Road, Grampians National Park, Mount Buller and Melbourne Museum.

Another perk of living in campus is having an awesome common room with plenty of activities to do. They all have pool, ping pong and foosball tables. Common rooms also have a mini cinema that you can book with some friends to catch a movie, and a TV room with many many channels available.

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Chisholm College Common Room

While living on res you are going to have to cook eventually. You may postpone by ordering takeaway everyday, but at some point, your wallet will be screaming out of pain. Then you’ll decide to do some groceries and get cooking! This is a very good skill to learn at uni and will benefit your future self. If you are running low on food, Accommodation Services has a free food pantry for you to use, no questions asked. They have the basics like pasta, pasta sauce, rice, long life milk, oatmeal and many other things.

So you should consider moving into residence! Take a look at the Accommodation Services webpage to see options available and find the one that suits you best. Living on campus is really a very very good experience and will be totally worth it. I guarantee that you will remember your years here for the rest of your life!

Alejandro